The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is a catalyst for the arts -- providing arts education, jobs, programs, and events in and around Baton Rouge. The mission of the Arts Council is to enhance the quality of life for our community through the arts. Arts Council events and offerings include: the Baton Rouge Arts Market, an open-air market held the first Saturday of each month that provides artists direct sales opportunities and encourages quality craftsmanship and creativity; FestForAll, celebrating the best of our regions talented visual and performing artists in a free festival for all the first weekend in May; River City Jazz Masters, a stellar series of jazz performances held at the Manship Theatre; Sunday in the Park, a music series on Sundays in the Fall and Spring in front of the Shaw Center for the Arts; and the Community Gallery, offering ongoing exhibitions featuring local and regional artists. The Arts Education Department provides arts instruction in the schools and the Arts Council's Community School for the Arts offers arts activities to all ages throughout the year at the Shaw Center for the Arts. In 2008-2009, the Arts Council distributed over $968,000 to arts organizations in the eleven parish area through: Decentralized Arts Funding Grants, Local Project Assistance and Multicultural Grants, the Community Fund for the Arts, and the Charles Lamar Family Foundation Manship Theatre Subsidy Grants.
July 4 - 28
HORIZON EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY
My paintings are inspired by landscape and natural phenomena. I see the horizon line as an active character in the landscape and in my compositions. In my work, the horizon line acts as a grounding device and pivot point for the other shapes. I also see the horizon line as paradox of natural phenomena. It is perceived as a real place in real space in real time but it’s an unreachable destination. It has become a metaphor for longing. I make paintings that incorporate a series symbolic shapes and forms into fictional landscapes. My symbols reference natural formations, phenomena, and structural ruins. Emphasized by repetition, mirrored imaging, and gestural mark making, my symbols become different characters which serve their own narrative in each work. Color gradients and transitioning textures are manifestations of passing time and organic matter. I hope to convey feelings of longing, desire, and mystery. For more information call 344-8558 or visit www.artsbr.org
July 31, 2017 til August 30, 2017
EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY: Metamorphosis: Recent work by Regina Loch-Elvert
The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge is happy to host in its Firehouse Gallery “Metamorphosis: Recent work by Regina Loch-Elvert” from July 31, 2017 til August 30, 2017. The exhibit is a series of paintings inspired by the artists exposure to German Expressionismand a love for Michelangelo. “Growing up in Germany, I was very much exposed to German Expressionists,” says Loch-Elvert, “but also had a love for Michelangelo during childhood.” In the United States, Loch-Elvert discovered the Hudson River School and their Romantic expression in landscape scenes; “I admired the Romantic painter, Delacroix, and my paintings of landscapes were influenced by John Constable.” she says. During graduate school, Loch-Elvert was drawn to Abstract Expressionist artists like Wilhelm de Kooning and Arshile Gorky. “Color, light and gestural brushstrokes are best executed for me on a larger scale on canvas. Today, I naturally paint abstract expressionistic style with recognizable elements. This style is also an expression of my philosophy of thinking.The exhibit is free and open to the public. A reception will take place in the Firehouse Gallery on Friday, August 4th from 6 to 8pm.